Computer Vision Syndrome 101 – CVS Tips

Computer Vision SyndromeCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is a now famous enemy of the modern workforce – but there’s another contender running for first place. If you haven’t yet heard of Computer Vision Syndrome, you soon will.

Although less severe than Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, is the most common computer-related injury today.

As defined by the American Optometric Association, CVS is a complex of vision problems related to computer use. Some symptoms of this newer syndrome include blurred vision problems, neck or shoulder pains, headaches and eyestrain.

If you are one of the many workers out there suffering from symptoms like these, you may be wondering what you can do about them! Though there isn’t a magic pill that will cure you of Computer Vision Syndrome, there are some things you can do to improve your symptoms.

In this post, we’ll go over some of the things you can do to help your eyes to suffer less.

1) Monitor Your Monitor

Simply by changing the position of your monitor, you can avoid some of the uncomfortable and awkward eye or head movement that are associated with CVS.

Your monitor should be directly in front of your eyes, at a distance 18 to 28 inches. The very top of your monitor’s case should be level with your eyes so that you are looking down on to the actual screen in a way similar to reading books.

Try adjusting your monitor by tilting it slightly back until you find a natural, and comfortable, position. If you are reading paper documents as well as reading computerized documents, be sure that your paper documents are at a similar angle as your computer screen to make life a bit easier on your tired eyes.

You can buy document holders to attach to your monitor at most office supplies stores.

2) Beware the Glare

Your office lighting might be harming your eyes! Do you have a heavy glare in your office? Try finding where it’s coming from – whether it’s a window, a skylight, a shiny mirror or someone else’s computer screen.

Once you’ve identified the offending glare, take steps to get rid of it. Get some blinds, move your desk or buy a glare reducing screen for your monitor.

Try turning down the overhead lights if you can and adjust the brightness on your computer screen so that there’s less of a jarring imbalance between the lighting in your room and the brightness of your computer monitor. Lastly, be sure your computer monitor is clean.

Staring at a computer screen that’s dirty makes even more work for your eyes!

3) Schedule an Eye Vacation

We know all too well how easy it is to lose track of time when you’re working. That expression that goes something like, “you’ve got your eyes glued to it” rings true for many people during their workdays.

Start paying attention to how long you’ve had your eyes glued to your screen – and take notice of how often you take an eye-break. Not too often, right? Start scheduling yourself some time every hour to unglue your eyes and look around the room. Close your eyes and rest. Blink.

4) Computer Users with Special Needs

Seniors and small children are both at greater risk of developing Computer Vision Syndrome. Seniors should make sure that their workstations are set up to maximize their eye comfort and that they’ve reduced their exposure to glare as much as possible.

Workers over the age of 50, according to the American Optometric Association, actually require twice as much light as younger workers!

How many times has your son or daughter hopped on the computer after you were done with it? Small children share computers with adults, and can easily injure their eyes by using monitors in poor positions for their smaller statures.

Parents should try and ensure that their children are properly seated at a workstation adjusted for smaller heights. Parents should also make sure that children take eye vacations and learn proper computer skills at an early age.

As a final thought, stop squinting and straining to see your computer screen. Adjust your monitor so that you don’t need to. All that squinting and straining can lead to a host of issues related to CVS.

Also, try to keep up with the 10-10-10 Rule when working in front of a computer for long periods of time. Every 10 minutes, stop and look at something 10 feet away for at least 10 seconds.

If you are having these symptoms, be sure to discuss them with a qualified professional!

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About Orlin Sorensen

My vision started to get blurry as a young teenager. Soon I was wearing glasses for just about everything. This was a hard blow for me because I had always dreamed of becoming a U.S. Navy fighter pilot which required perfect vision without glasses or surgery. But I wasn't ready to give up on my dreams, so I looked into every possible alternative which led me to eye exercises. Through daily vision training and eye exercises, I improved my vision from 20/85 to 20/20 and passed the Navy's visual acuity test. In fact Men's Health declared this one of the "Greatest Comebacks of All Time!" Now, I'm sharing exactly how I did it with the program that helped me so people like you can improve your vision safely and naturally, without glasses, contacts or laser surgery.

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  1. William #

    These are some useful tips Orlin… thanks.

    I’ve found the 10-10-10 rule to be quite effective.

  2. [email protected] #

    Timely advice for everyone, old and young alike.

  3. Mohammed Imtiaz #

    Dear Orlin,

    You guide is is really good. within 10 days of use my right eyes power has decreased from -4.25 to 4 only. Also I play a lot of computer games. The 10-10-10 rules and the distant night are good solutions for relaxing and preventing the eyes from damages.

    • Hi Mohammed,

      We love hearing success stories, keep up the great work.

      • Uwais #

        My eyesight is really bad and I have CVS. My eyes get blurry and are always tired no matter how much sleep I get. Your story have me hope that my vision may improve so please can you get back to me with the same program your did since I don’t have enough money for the paid ones. thanks.

  4. Andrew #

    Hi Orlin, with my very strong reading glasses and a through a bit of a squint, I note that the spelling of pERform – at the end of 3) Take a break – is incorrect.
    Regards,
    Andrew

    • Thanks Andrew! I have corrected the spelling mistake, great find! Especially with reading glasses AND a squint!

  5. Rabiu #

    hi Orlin Sorensen, I receive your letters about vision. Sir I’m 45 , my problem is that I can’t read closely, this means I have (løng sighted) please which food or vegetable will be useing in order to solve the problem. thanks. And I wish you good lock and happy chrismas.

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